JEEG Report – September 2020

It almost feels like the summer that never was. While in most years we use the summer break from school to conduct field experiments, this year has been a complete dud. At least it has been for me, as I have been sitting here in the spare bedroom/makeshift office for the past six months. It has been difficult to get in the field with all of the restrictions over the pandemic. The restrictions, of course, are justified; no one wants to catch the Coronavirus. I can already start to see the effects of the restrictions and lower than normal field work as papers covering field case studies start to go down and those describing numerical and laboratory experiments go up. Personally, that has been my focus, along with combing through old datasets to tease out even more detail than the first go-around of investigations. Regardless if your dataset is old or new, if you have a novel approach of modeling and interpretation, we would gladly host it in JEEG.
I would also like to take this space in the journal to remind everyone about the Near Surface Geophysical Letter (NSGL) option for publishing in JEEG. The NSGL is a short communication typically slated for rapidly evolving research or case studies that may not be extremely novel, but interesting nonetheless. Another advantage of publishing with a NSGL is that reviews occur relatively rapidly with a short publication cycle. For example, a NSGL recently submitted in early August received reviews back in less than 30 days and you will likely see it in print for the December issue. There are a few restrictions for the NSGL, such as the word and figure count which cannot exceed 2000 and 4, respectively. Converting an old SAGEEP extended abstract is also an easy way to publish a NSGL in JEEG.
Dale Rucker, Editor